Chocolate Chip and Halva Challah

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If you’ve never made challah before, this is your chance. And we want to see your pictures when you make it!

This challah recipe uses the same dough as our previous challah recipe (the famous cinnamon roll challah) but with a different filling. However, this time we let the dough rise a second time and a gave it a second egg-wash before baking. This makes sure it stays together during baking- so no leaky filling. *** Pro tip: check out the round braid. 

It’s easier than it looks. Go for it!

It’s easier than it looks. Go for it!

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  • 1 large challahServings

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon honey, plus 3 tablespoons honey
  • ⅔ cup warm water
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs (and another 1 for egg wash)

Filling and topping

  • 4 ounces of chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces halva

Preparation

  1. First you need to activate the yeast. Whisk the yeast with 1 teaspoon of honey and warm water and wait a few minutes until it looks foamy.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of honey, the olive oil, salt and eggs. Mix with a wooden spoon and gradually add in the flour. When the dough forms into a ball, knead for 5 minutes. Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 hour.
  3. When the dough has doubled in size, separate it into 4 equal parts. Shape each part into a ball, and roll into a circle. Sprinkle the halva and chocolate chips onto each of the 4 circles and roll into a long rope. Stretch the ropes as long as you can and braid. Pinch the ends. Now for braiding. You can follow the pictures below or watch the video to learn the braid.

  4. Braid the challah as demonstrated in the video or in the pictures below.

Fold the ends of the ropes over each other.

Fold the ends of the ropes over each other.

Twist all the sides

Twist all the sides

Cross each of the sides.

Cross each of the sides.

Pinch all the ends together.

Pinch all the ends together.

Tuck the ends under.

Tuck the ends under.

6. Brush the braided dough with a beaten egg and let it rest for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C.

7. Brush with egg wash again and sprinkle halva crumbs on top. Bake for 30 minutes. If the top begins to brown too quickly you can cover it with foil.